Lacroix says Pakistan tops UN peacekeeping missions

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – July 3, 2018
ISLAMABAD: United Nations (UN) under-secretary-general for department of peacekeeping operations (DPKO) Jean-Pierre Lacroix acknowledged Pakistan’s leading role in UN peacekeeping operations during his bilateral meeting with caretaker foreign minister Abdullah Hussain Haroon on Monday.

According to an official statement, Lacroix expressed deep appreciation for the professionalism of Pakistani peacekeepers and paid tribute to the ultimate sacrifices of 156 Pakistani peacekeepers to the cause of international peace.

Haroon underscored that Pakistan remained a consistent and active supporter of multilateralism, noting that Pakistan’s engagement with and support to the UN were a key pillar of its foreign policy.

He recalled Pakistan’s longstanding partnership with and contributions to the UN, especially in several of its peacekeeping missions across the world. Underscoring Pakistan’s unique role and contribution as one of the top troop contributing countries, Haroon reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support to the UN peacekeeping operations.

During his official visit, Lacroix also called on caretaker interior minister Azam Khan and chief of the army staff (COAS) general Qamar Javed Bajwa apart from a combined meeting with senior military leadership.

Lacroix and his delegation members also visited centre for international peace and security (CIPS), at the national university of science and technology (NUST), CIPS was established in 2013 to provide peacekeeping training to domestic and international peacekeepers and was inaugurated by the then UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon.

He also visited the UN military observer group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) headquarters in the federal capital.

Meanwhile, caretaker foreign secretary Yousaf Naeem Khokhar hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting delegation.

Lacroix is accompanied by UN military and police advisors.